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The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University is proud to announce the 2022 class members.  

Seventy-two students from across the Commonwealth were chosen to attend the Craft Academy, located on the campus of Morehead State University.

The students live in Grote-Thompson Hall and earn dual credit as they complete their final two years of high school at the academy while also taking college-level courses.   

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Fayette County Public Schools has named Eric Hale (05) as the newest principal of Bryan Station High School in Lexington. He will officially assume his duties next month. 

Originally from Ashland, Hale is a first-generation college graduate and a three-time MSU alumnus. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2005. He later went on to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2008 and a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree with an emphasis in instructional leadership in 2010.  

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Several graduates of Morehead State’s Social Work program have joined the workforce providing vital services for the Kentucky children and have earned a valuable certification.  

The Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) was implemented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and undergraduate social work programs to better serve the children and families in Kentucky.

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Morehead State University at Prestonsburg has extended the application deadline for the upcoming fall 2020 semester to apply for the Bachelor of Social Work program.  

Social work is a profession for those who find fulfillment and reward in making a difference in individuals’ everyday lives. MSU’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a national professional social work education standard-setting body.  

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Editor’s note: The following statement provided by the Office of the President of Morehead State University

June 8, 2020

Morehead State University Students:

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Dr. Heba Elgazzar, assistant professor of computer science at Morehead State University, will have two articles published in an upcoming book series and will present those papers at the 2020 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing (CSCE Congress). 

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Morehead State University alumni and friends are stepping up to help students by taking actual steps for a worthy cause. 

From May 18 through May 22, MSU held a Steps for the NEST Challenge, where participants commit to taking 10,000 steps per day (50,000 steps total) to raise money for the NEST Fund. Over 100 individuals signed up to participate, taking 4,196,168 steps and raising $2,340.  

Special recognition was also given to the following award winners:

Eagle Who Took the Most Steps: Vicki Collins Blakeman (81) – 135,040

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Morehead State University has changed its on-campus Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) sessions to an online format to make experiencing MSU easy for incoming students. There is still time to register for upcoming SOAR sessions. 

“MSU will continue to be flexible and work to accommodate student needs during these unusual times,” said Russ Mast, vice president for student affairs. “We look forward to having our new students join the Eagle family in the fall.” 

The SOAR online experience includes:  

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Morehead State University is committed to making college affordable for students by offering numerous scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year. 

MSU offers a variety of institutional and departmental scholarships, as well as scholarships funded through the MSU Foundation. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and financial need.

Last year, we awarded nearly $18 million to our students in scholarships and grants through institutional aid and the MSU Foundation. 

Once you apply to MSU, you are automatically considered for institutional scholarships.

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Dr. Michael Hail, professor of government and political science at Morehead State University, has been appointed by President Donald Trump to serve an additional term as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. 

Hail is the coordinator of government and political science programs in the Department of History, Philosophy, Global Studies and Legal Studies at MSU. He was also elected to serve as chairperson of the Somerset Independent Schools Board of Education in Kentucky and serves as director of the Statesmanship Center.

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Morehead State alum Hanna Gabbard (19) has been named as the digital media coordinator with Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR). 

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Morehead State offers several options to allow you to continue your education throughout the summer.  

All of MSU’s summer classes are offered online, letting you conveniently learn at home.

Classes are condensed, allowing you to earn credits in a shorter amount of time than during the standard academic year. You can earn up to 12 undergraduate credit hours each summer semester or six graduate hours.   

Summer session is from June 8 to Aug. 31. Summer I takes place from June 8 to July 2 and Summer II takes place from July 6 to Aug. 31.  


Morehead State University recognized the academic excellence of the more than 1,000 graduates of the Class of 2020 on Saturday, May 9.  

The MSU Spring Commencement Program is online at: http://bit.ly/3fIKe8W

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The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State will hold a virtual graduation ceremony for its seniors on Saturday, May 16. 

Students, staff, the graduation platform party and registered distinguished guests will attend a Zoom event at 11 a.m.

The event will be recorded live, and a video of the ceremony will be made available to parents and family members.

Distinguished guests who wish to attend the live recording must RSVP by emailing craftacademy@moreheadstate.edu by May 13. 

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Wayne (68) and Brenda (68) Judy have been long-time supporters of Morehead State University. Their commitment to student success continues today as the family plans to leave a sizeable planned gift to the University to establish the Judy-Craig Family Endowment, a fund to benefit MSU students. 

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Joseph “Kelly” Moore (00) knew he wanted to have a career in business when he graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. With his current entrepreneurial endeavor, he is in the business of potentially saving lives.  

Moore and Matt Able are co-founders of the Lexington-based company Longtail Designs LLC. They recently announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for the Rescue Biner, the company’s first product.    


Morehead State University’s Office of Career Services realizes the value of students’ gaining experience in their field of study through hands-on experiences with employers.

Now, there is a new opportunity available to MSU students and alumni to obtain meaningful job experience and receive compensation for their work. 

MSU has partnered with Chicago-based Parker Dewey, which offers a platform to connect current students with a diverse network of employers, to provide micro-internships for MSU students.

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Morehead State University made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Celebration of Student Scholarship that was scheduled for April 22 due to the COVID-19 situation. However, the hard work of MSU students will still be recognized online. 

Abstracts for student poster or oral presentations will be published online in ScholarWorks @ Morehead State, a service of the Camden-Carroll Library.

This documentation of their scholarly contribution, under Reports and Publications, will serve as a verifiable citation of their work for professional purposes. 

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Amid the uncertainty and financial challenges of COVID-19, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education voted Friday to forgo a statewide cap on tuition next year for in-state, undergraduate students at public colleges and universities.

The decision provides universities, along with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), maximum flexibility to respond to student needs and shore up institutional programs as the crisis creates economic upheaval across the globe.

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Morehead State’s equine program is celebrating the success of its breeding program as two foals were recently born at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex. 

The foals, Pearl and Dottie, were the result of partnerships between MSU’s equine program and horse owners and other collegiate breeding programs across the industry.  

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In recognition of these challenging times and to keep all our future Eagles safe, MSU is changing all on-campus Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) sessions to an online format.

MSU held its first two online SOAR sessions last week. 

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The Morehead State University Board of Regents held a special called board meeting on Thursday, April 16. The meeting consisted of an Audit Committee meeting at 9:45 a.m. and a quarterly meeting at 10 a.m.

During the Audit Committee meeting, regents voted to reapprove the use of the University’s auditing firm and audit price and approved the minimum scope of the audit for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. During the quarterly meeting, the board voted to approve the actions of the Audit Committee.

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Morehead State’s Derrickson Agricultural Complex, also known as the University Farm, will hold its annual flower and vegetable plant sale April 25-26, May 1-3 and May 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

In light of the ongoing threat of coronavirus (COVID-19), those who plan to come to the plant sale are encouraged to schedule an appointment so the number of people in the greenhouse can be controlled to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Appointments can be made at http://bit.ly/2K2aeO0 

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While Morehead State University canceled all public performances by the School of Creative Arts, MSU Theatre students have come together to present its latest production in an unconventional way. 

MSU Theatre’s production of “In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play” will be presented as a free performance online via the WebEx and Zoom video conferencing apps.

The first performance will be offered for MSU students and faculty on WebEx at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23. A performance for friends, family and the public will be offered on Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24.  

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The Morehead State University Board of Regents will hold a special called board meeting on Thursday, April 16.

The special called meeting will consist of an Audit Committee meeting at 9:45 a.m. and a quarterly meeting at 10 a.m.

For the purposes of social distancing related to our national health concerns, and for this special occasion, the special called meeting will be conducted via WebEx video and audio teleconference technology.

To view the meetings, visit http://bit.ly/3bWIg1V

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Beginning May 9, 2020, and for the next five years, MSU will be discounting graduate tuition on all 600-level courses within the Volgenau College of Education.

The rate for the next five years will be the same as the University’s undergraduate tuition rate, which is currently $374 per credit hour.  

MSU offers easy admission and transfer of credit to MSU, as well as online courses and programs for ease of completion. 

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Senior students in Morehead State's Department of Art and Design will be exhibiting their artwork to the public through virtual exhibits on Instagram. 

Due to the closure of MSU to the public to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the annual senior exhibits, typically held in the Golding-Yang Gallery in the Claypool-Young Art Building, have been postponed until the fall semester for those who are able to participate. However, works from the shows will be featured on two Instagram accounts.

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Morehead State is extending the scholarship deadline to help future Eagles have additional opportunity to apply for institutional aid. 

Given the situation with COVID-19, MSU is considering applicants for scholarship opportunities who apply after the original March 15 deadline.

Visit http://www.moreheadstate.edu/apply to apply for admission and send your transcripts and test scores. 

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A team of five Morehead State space system engineering students and engineers from TU Delft, a university in the Netherlands are finalists in a NASA competition.  

The Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competitions fuel innovation for aerospace systems concepts, analogs and technology prototyping by bridging gaps through university engagement.


The Kentucky National Guard has named two MSU alumni as its new Army chief of staff and Army deputy chief of operations. 

Col. Joe Gardner (95) was chosen as chief of staff, replacing Brig. Gen. Bryan Howay, who was recently promoted. He reports directly to the Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton on Army National Guard matters and assists in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization.